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Filed under: Apple TV, Mac Tagged: AirPlay, AirPlay Mirroring, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV
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When a well-respected audiophile brand known for an amplifier costing a cool $150k launches an AirPlay speaker system, you can be sure¬†of two things. One, it’s going to be pretty special. Two, it’s not going to be cheap.
Sure enough, Naim’s first wireless offering ‚Äď the mu-so which I reviewed earlier this year ‚Äď came in at $1500.¬†I did, though, consider it worth every penny. It’s a true replacement for a hifi system,¬†delivering room-filling sound that I couldn’t fault. The design is fantastic, build-quality first-rate and it offers every input source you could ever want:¬†AirPlay, Bluetooth, UPnP, Spotify Connect, Tidal, wired Ethernet, USB, optical and 3.5mm analog.
If you liked the sound of it but thought that $1500 was pushing things a little, there’s good news and bad …
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9to5Toys Last Call: Best MacBook Accessories, iPad Pro $650, Yamaha 7.2-Ch. A/V Receiver w/ AirPlay $297, more
TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:
Last Call Updates:
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The best accessories for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook: USB-C cables, hubs, flash storage, more
Apple drops the price on refurbished 12-inch MacBooks, now start at $929¬†shipped
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Review: Are these third-party $11 Apple Watch Sport bands any good? Turns out, they aren’t too bad.
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Filed under: Tips and Tricks Tagged: 9to5Toys, AirPlay, Amazon, app deals, Apple, Best Buy, Daily Deals, free apps, Gold Box, iPad, MacBook, video games
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Android has featured the ability to stream to AirPlay devices like the Apple TV by means of third-party utilities for some time now, but no Android device has ever shipped with native AirPlay support in tow. That’s all changed with the announcement of the HTC 10, the first device to ship with native AirPlay support.
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AirParrot 2, the popular Mac utility¬†that lets you wirelessly broadcast¬†content from your desktop, now has an iOS companion. The app, appropriately entitled AirParrot Remote, lets users control nearly every facet of AirParrot 2 from any iOS device sharing¬†the same Wi-Fi network.
If you’re familiar with the look of AirParrot 2 on Mac, then you’ll feel right at home with AirParrot Remote, as they look strikingly similar. Watch our video demonstration for a look at some of the things that AirParrot Remote can do. more…
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Portable Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days ‚Äď Amazon lists more than 37,000 of them! Though our shootout should help narrow the¬†choice if you’re in the market for one. But portable AirPlay speakers are rather rarer, pretty ones even rarer and the Sugr Cube goes one step further in its bid to stand out from the crowd: it offers gesture-based control.
You tap the top of the speaker to pause/play, tilt it 45 degrees left to return¬†to the previous track or 45 degrees left to skip to the next.
When I saw this on our sister site¬†9to5Toys, I wondered whether this would be a gimmick that you use a few times, or a genuinely useful form of control. There was only one way to find out, so I took delivery of one earlier this month to put it to the test …
Look & feel
Once upon a time, there was a simple rule for selling premium products: you had to feel the quality from the moment you first set eyes on the box. The packaging, as much as the contents, had to sell you on the quality.
With today’s¬†environmental concerns, brands have to strike a balance. The packaging still has to convey quality, but without seeming needlessly wasteful. Sugr has done well here. First impressions on seeing and opening the black cardboard box are of something stylish, while at the same time the materials are relatively basic.
A¬†Nietzsche quote under the lid forms the finishing touch.
I’m always a sucker for a nice chunk of wood, and the Sugr Cube likewise made a good first impression. It’s available in Cherry and Maple, and the unit I tested was the Cherry version. It looks good. It has a very smooth matte varnish that makes it silky to the touch.
It’s not¬†quite a cube. At a little over 4 inches in each dimension, it’s very slightly deeper than the height and width.
There is a single visible control, a combined volume and on/off switch at the rear. A green LED serves as a combined power and volume position indicator. It’s very attractive.
I describe it as an AirPlay speaker, as that’s the use most here would put it to, but that description does it something of a disservice. The app controlling the speaker actually offers a range of music service. These are:
- Cube Music, which imports from iTunes into its own 4GB internal flash storage
- Pandora Radio
- Radio, offering access to a small-ish but well-selected range of radio stations
- Relax Radio, offering a small choice of natural sounds designed to be relaxing
But from an Apple device, you can use it for any app that supports AirPlay. This of course includes iTunes on the Mac and Music on iOS devices, allowing it to be used for Apple Music.
I talk about the gesture controls below.
When you switch on the speaker, it immediately starts playing Relax Radio. This is my single biggest complaint about it. A short chime to tell you it’s on would be great, but immediately ‚Äď and always ‚Äď playing the sound of waves on the shore meant that after the first few times using it, that sound was associated with anything but relaxation!
You need to download the app to your iOS device to configure it. To do this, you open¬†the app, tap the ‘I have Cube’¬†button, enter your Wi-Fi router password when prompted and then tap the ‘Connect’ button. The app prompts you to hold the phone speaker close to the Cube. The app chirps the encoded password in audio form, and the speaker pairs over Wi-Fi. You only have to do this once.
After that, you just open the Music app and connect to it as an AirPlay device in the usual way: flick up the Control Center, tap the AirPlay icon and select the Cube.
I did discover one snag during this process: the Cube only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. I usually run everything on 5Ghz. With a Time Capsule, as with many routers, this isn’t a big deal as the router simultaneously broadcasts on both frequencies, but it did mean I had to connect my iPhone to the 2.4GHz version and tell it to forget the 5Ghz network.
For such a compact speaker, both volume and sound quality are impressive. Obviously¬†you’re never going to get fantastic bass out of anything this small, but it did a lot better than I expected. My main audio kit is a mix of B&O and B&W, and it was clear¬†it was never going to compete on those terms. Also, unless you buy two of them and network them together, it’s only a mono speaker.
But in portable speaker rankings, it’s definitely one of the best I’ve tried. So long as you’re not expecting it to replace your hifi system, I don’t think anyone short of a full-on audiophile would be disappointed.¬†(Someone posted rather a lovely quote to the hi-res audio story a couple of days ago: a music lover uses their sound system to listen¬†to music; an audiophile uses music to listen to their sound system. I have mildly expensive taste in hifi, but am definitely a music lover rather than an audiophile.)
I’ve heard some people describe the Sugr Cube’s volume as room-filling. That is definitely an exaggeration, but it does pump out 90dB at one metre, which is quite an achievement from something just four inches square! It also manages this without distortion.
The speaker did cut out several¬†times in use. Once it completely dropped off AirPlay, and other times it paused or skipped. Unfortunately, this seems to just be part of the territory with AirPlay ‚Äď a topic I’ve ranted about at some length. However, while it’s always hard to quantify these things, my impression was that the Sugr Cube cut out a little more frequently than most AirPlay devices.
Which brings us to¬†the question I asked at the beginning: what about the gesture control? Pointless gimmick, or genuinely useful?
I must confess that while I was intrigued, I was fairly confident I’d end up dismissing it as a novelty feature. After all, if I’m playing music from my phone ‚Äď the most likely use for a portable speaker ‚Äď my phone is probably to hand, and if not there’s the remote app on my Watch. How useful is it really to play/pause by tapping the top of the speaker, and to change track by tilting it left or right?
To my surprise, the answer turned out to be ‘actually, it’s rather convenient.’¬†Even on my desk, with my phone stood in its dock within easy reach, it actually proved less fiddly to simply tap or tip the speaker than touching the on-screen controls in the Music app. It’s just like listening through headphones, where the inline control is more convenient than the phone.
Gesture control is by no means a must-have feature, but it is a genuinely useful one ‚Äď a nice-to-have.
Portability &¬†battery life
As an AirPlay rather than Bluetooth speaker, this is more likely to be used as a flexible speaker you can move from room to room at home, rather than something you’re going to take to a social gathering elsewhere. For this kind of usage, it’s extremely easy to pick up and take to another room.
It has the type of look that works with pretty much any decor, so if you want to use it semi-permanently ‚Äď say putting it in a home office or study¬†while working and then moving to a bedroom on the evening ‚Äď it’s not going to look out of place.
Sugr claims a battery life of 24 hours. I¬†haven’t yet used it enough to put this to the test, but with a 6000mAH battery in there, that seems a reasonable claim. Certainly I’ve used it for 10-12 hours on a single charge and it’s still showing as green.
At $229, the Sugr Cube is definitely at the premium end of the portable speaker market, but it’s not a crazy price. There are Bluetooth speakers out there at a similar price, and in AirPlay terms it’s actually at the cheaper end. Given the great looks, decent sound and claimed 24-hour battery life (which I didn’t hit, but certainly it would get you through even a long music session), I would say it’s reasonable¬†value for money.
I am slightly concerned about the fact that the drop-outs seemed a little more frequent than other AirPlay devices, but it is ‚Äď as I say ‚Äď hard to be sure about this. I wouldn’t let this put you off: buy from a retailer with a decent returns policy and you can judge for yourself.
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I’m an Apple guy. I have enough Apple hardware around my house to serve as a mini-museum and I use Apple’s software and services every single day.¬†But when Google makes something interesting like Chromecast Audio, I can’t help but want to try out the new toy.
Sold for just $35 (Google Store, Best Buy), Chromecast Audio lets you stream audio over the Internet from services like Spotify and NPR to old speakers. This varies from Apple’s AirPlay in that audio streams directly to the Chromecast Audio rather than from device to device, using your iPhone or iPad only as the remote.¬†In practice, Chromecast Audio is most similar to Sonos, but with Google’s accessory selling¬†at a much lower, irresistible price¬†as it relies on your existing speakers rather than all-in-one units.
So what exactly is Chromecast Audio and what can it do for iPhone owners? Read on for details…
Using the same model as Chromecast for video and Sonos for music, Chromecast Audio is a record-like disc that connects to your Wi-Fi network for streaming content directly over the Internet. You can control what content gets played from supported iOS and Android apps, or “cast” audio from your computer using the Chrome browser.
Included in the box you’ll find the Chromecast Audio hardware, a rather short 3.5mm analog¬†audio cable, a lengthy microUSB to USB cable, and a USB wall adapter. You supply your own Wi-Fi network, iOS/Android/Chrome device, and most importantly your own speaker.
Chromecast Audio works out of the box with speakers that have line-in AUX ports. Chromecast Audio also supports RCA and optical inputs if you have¬†the right cables, but don’t expect these to come in the box. Optionally, you may want to swap the Google-supplied stereo cable for a longer one anyway, depending on your needs, but the lengthy power cable should make the included supplies work for most. Plug one end of the stereo cable into your speaker, the other into Chromecast Audio’s 3.5mm jack, then connect the power cable to the microUSB port and the other end to the USB power¬†adapter, plug it in to the wall, and you’re ready to set it up.
If you’ve ever set up a Chromecast HDMI stick, the process is nearly identical.¬†I set Chromecast Audio up right out of the box using my iPhone. Make sure the latest Chromecast app is downloaded from the App Store and your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, then open the app and follow the on-screen steps for adding Chromecast Audio to your network. This process only takes a couple¬†minutes then you’re ready to use your iPhone (or other supported devices) as a remote for streaming audio to your once-dumb-but-now-connected speaker.
Where Chromecast focuses on video content like movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and other popular services, Chromecast Audio aims at music and talk radio apps including Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, NPR One, iHeartRadio, and several more. There’s no Apple Music support (although Google wants Apple to get there and I think they should), but a lot of users will appreciate that Spotify works with Chromecast Audio. I was surprised to learn after buying Chromecast¬†Audio that Spotify requires a premium account to stream to it, however, which is a bit of a setback as I use the service as a backup to Apple Music but don’t actively subscribe.
Still, there are enough free choices for streaming content¬†to Chromecast Audio that not being a Spotify subscriber isn’t a deal breaker. Free radio-style streaming from Pandora, Rdio, and Google Play Music (plus on-demand for subscribers) justifies the $35 cost for turning a standard, old stereo into a useful streaming device. A variety of news and talk radio-type content can be streamed from NPR One, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and other apps with content from regional radio stations and even CNN and other outlets available for free.
Personally, most¬†of my audio listening comes from Apple Music for streaming and Overcast for listening to podcasts, but Pocketcast users will be happy to know that Chromecast Audio support is baked right in for streaming podcasts over the Internet directly to connected speakers. You won’t be able to play Apple Music or podcasts from Apple’s Podcasts app or Overcast and other unsupported apps without their developers adding Chromecast Audio support, but the current landscape of apps is pretty inclusive for lots of types of streaming audio.
After an hour or so of testing, the only performance issue I ran into happened when I tried using Google Play Music. The app quite impressively recommended a track by The Long Winters based on a YouTube video of a performance I’d watched the week prior, but resisted connecting to¬†Chromecast Audio and only wanted to play music locally from my iPhone. Put in context, this was after testing six or seven other apps for “casting” and without issues plus Apple’s AirPlay typically has similar problems.
The solution meant going back to the Chromecast app ‚ÄĒ which oddly saw my Chromecast Audio already setup while offering to set up the same Chromecast Audio as new ‚ÄĒ and rebooting Chromecast Audio through the settings. These bugs seem like the kinds that Google can easily work out through software updates in a short amount of time.
Note, though, that Chromecast Audio does feel warm to the touch after a short period of¬†use, although this didn’t seem to impact playback.
Should no¬†Apple Music support be a deal breaker for iPhone users? First, this is what we know.¬†Apple Music is coming to Sonos and it uses the same model for playback as Chromecast Audio: the content¬†streams directly from the Internet, not your phone. (This means¬†iPhone 6s users can play music and open the Camera app, for example, without interruptions.) But¬†there’s one reason I’m not sure Apple will ever support Chomecast Audio and it’s not Google.
Though Sonos and Chromecast Audio use the same model for streaming audio to speakers over the Internet, Sonos picks¬†services like Spotify and Tidal and eventually Apple Music to include in its own app.¬†Google, on the other hand, lets developers add Chromecast Audio support directly to their own individual apps.
The experience is arguably better since you can just use the apps you already use rather than learning and depending on Sonos for app updates to a single app, but I can’t see Apple adding a Chromecast Audio button to iOS’s built-in Music app (even though it would only appear for Chromecast owners).
There’s one really good counter argument to this thought though: Apple Music for Android. Like Sonos support, we know its in development and supposed to come this year. If Apple wants to compete with Spotify in the streaming music space, treating Chromecast Audio like Sonos makes a lot of sense to me.
As it stands now, Chromecast Audio is an easy, cheap recommendation if you spend any time in the apps it already supports like Spotify, NPR One, and Pocketcast and want to modernize as standard speaker with a line-in, RCA, or optical input. The result is very similar to what Sonos offers through its all-in-one speakers, priced at $199 and above, only you don’t need to replace the speakers you already own.
The app environment is already pretty vast, with many but not all Chromecast apps supported. I tested with Hulu, YouTube, and other video-focused apps without luck, but on the desktop using Chrome these services would work with Chromecast Audio.
Even as a¬†user of almost entirely Apple kit, I admire Google’s ability to offer a really useful piece of hardware at a price that a lot of people won’t think twice about. This allows you to experiment with Chromecast Audio and even add multi-room setups without breaking the bank.
Chromecast Audio won’t be right for everyone, but at $35 and availability through Best Buy and Google’s online store¬†(sorry Amazon shoppers), I do recommend it as a serious option for anyone wanting to bring new life to old, disconnected speakers in need of some Internet goodness.
$35 (Google, Best Buy)
iOS, Android, Chrome browser
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AirServer adds live streaming from iOS apps to YouTube, higher quality mirroring w/ iOS 9‚Äôs rewritten AirPlay
With the launch of YouTube Gaming earlier this year, Google‚Äôs Twitch competitor that lets users live stream and watch gameplay videos on YouTube, users can now live stream and browse gameplay videos on YouTube from dedicated apps. Google first enabled live streaming the desktop, and today announced plans for Android, but an update to the popular AirServer app is taking advantage of the lack of iOS streaming support by enabling users to live stream directly to YouTube from their iOS devices.
Google does have a YouTube Gaming app or iOS, but it currently only acts as a community-style app for letting users access live streams and recorded gameplay videos from their iPhone or iPad.¬†AirServer, however, tells us it collaborated with YouTube to enable streaming from iOS apps using its mirroring technology:
‚ÄúPeople are already using AirServer to live stream to various sites through third party solutions. We are delighted to provide this feature directly in AirServer in collaboration with YouTube,‚ÄĚ said Pratik Kumar, CEO and founder of App Dynamic. ‚ÄúGamers can now stream their favorite iOS games in real-time while educators providing distance learning will also benefit from the new streaming functionality.‚ÄĚ
And in addition to the YouTube streaming support, AirServer is getting a big overhaul for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan that takes advantage of Apple‚Äôs rewritten AirPlay protocol. We reported previously that Apple has overhauled its AirPlay technology with iOS 9 allowing for major performance and security improvements with mirroring apps. AirServer confirmed the details in our report and noted that the improved AirPlay protocol has allowed for higher-quality, Retina-level mirroring and recording. Here’s the rundown:
Retina quality mirroring: With the combination of the new Apple TV protocol + iOS 9 devices, we were able to get a much higher resolution over mirroring. The new protocol is also very smart as it communicates the EDID of the screen down to the iOS device so it can optimize the mirroring resolution‚Ä¶ Ultra high quality recording: With the new high resolution mirroring, we are able to output higher pixels per frame than even QuickTime’s iOS recording feature, which uses a usb-lightning cable. We also support support rotation during recording, which Quicktime does not.
The improved AirPlay protocol also allows for enhanced security and encryption with the updated app. The developer explained that, ‚Äúthe additional AirPlay encryption that we added in this update was always a part of the original design but we are the first to implement it, apart from Apple. People using products other than AirServer or Apple TV are susceptible to network sniffing and can have their personal photos and videos intercepted when sent over AirPlay.‚ÄĚ
And lastly, the updated app introduces El Capitan support with the rewritten AirPlay protocol for streaming video directly from Safari.
The updated AirServer app is available now.
Filed under: Apple TV, Apps, iOS Tagged: AirPlay, airserver, el capitan, gaming, iOS 9, live streaming, OS X, protocol, rewritten, YouTube
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: QNAP NAS w/ AirPlay $135, WD 3TB Desktop HDD $90, Kanto Bookshelf Bluetooth speakers $250, more
Today’s¬†can‚Äôt miss deals:
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Kanto YU5 Bluetooth 4.0 Bookshelf Speakers in five colors: $250 shipped (Reg.¬†$350)
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Save $100 on Apple‚Äôs all-new 12-inch MacBook + extra $50 for students/faculty: 256GB model $1,150 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,299)
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Portable Bluetooth Speakers:¬†Bose SoundLink Mini¬†$159¬†(Orig. $200),¬†Sony SRSX3¬†$60¬†(Orig.¬†$140)
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- Pandora One: 6-Month Subscription¬†$24¬†(Reg. $30)
- Samsung 850 Pro 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive:¬†$400 shipped (Reg.¬†$470)
- Buy D-Link DCS-5009L IP Surveillance Camera, get a free Smart Plug:¬†$70 shipped (~$115¬†value)
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Over-Ear + FiiO E17K DAC¬†$200 ($300 value),¬†more
- NERF Buy 2 Get 1 Free:¬†N-Strike, Mega Series and Modulus Blasters,¬†more
- Apple-Certified braided nylon MFi Lightning cable (black or silver, 3 ft):¬†$7 Prime¬†shipped,¬†more
- Bluetooth Headphones:¬†Beats Studio Over-Ear¬†$264 (Reg. $300+), In-Ear¬†$16 (Reg. $24),¬†more
- Disney is giving out copies of Monsters Inc.¬†to users of its free digital movie locker¬†service
- M-Audio BX8 D2 8-inch Active Studio Monitors (pair)¬†$349 shipped (Reg.¬†$499)
- ASUS Chromebox 1.7GHz/4GB/16GB Desktop PC:¬†$200 shipped (Reg.¬†$230)
- Google Play offers free downloads¬†of Sia‚Äôs 1000 Forms Of Fear album ($10¬†value)
App Store Free App of the Week:¬†Infinity Blade III¬†goes free¬†for the very first time (Reg.¬†$7)
New products¬†& more:
Wilson‚Äôs X Connected Basketball¬†is a simple shot tracking solution
Sony takes the wraps off a¬†new gold DualShock controller¬†(and other colors too)
- Devon and Nixon reveal new luxury¬†Dark Side-inspired¬†Star Wars watches
- Kickstarter veteran launches new HiddenHUB smart¬†omnidirectional¬†whole home audio system
- The¬†new¬†Westinghouse Nucli¬†combines a deadbolt, door bell and FaceTime
- Review: Monoprice‚Äôs¬†new action camera is loaded¬†with value for a fraction of GoPro‚Äôs price tag
- The¬†new Bluetooth Seaboard Rise¬†looks to modernize the typical MIDI controller like never before
- The new¬†Gamevice¬†MFi game controllers¬†will fit your iPad Air and iPhone 6s just right
- A¬†new Star Wars merch subscription service¬†launches while Amazon discounts Force Awaken toy
- Camera+ launches its first free version¬†w/ in-app upgrades for advanced shooting features
- Pok√©mon Go brings the game to real life¬†on iOS and Android with new wearable device
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